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Gujarat Lions look for winning start against Knight Riders

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL File photo of a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. × A top-heavy Gujarat Lions would look to better their debut season’s success and aim for a winning start against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here tomorrow.Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL, but finished third after defeats in the two Qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.But this time around, the Suresh Raina-led side would look to go one step up in only their second season of the IPL.Gujarat Lions boost of a robust batting line-up and were the only team last year to score 70 or more in the powerplay.Five of Gujarat Lions batsmen — Raina, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith — were among runs in the last IPL. They also have the likes of Jason Roy and in-form Dinesh Karthik in their rank.Having defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in both home and away games in the previous season, Gujarat Lions also enjoy a psychological advantage over them.On the bowling front, Gujarat Lions have an effective new-ball pair in Dhawal Kulkarni and Praveen Kumar. Kulkarni’s 14 wickets in the powerplay were the most for any bowler in 2016, and he combined well with Praveen.But Gujarat Lions will miss two of their key players — Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who is out injured early on.Jadeja, on the other hand, will sit out of the first few games after a long Test season.Another factor which will be in the mind of the Lions going into IPL 2017 is how to win while batting first. Gujarat Lions had lost five out of six matches, including two Qualifiers while batting first last year.Gujarat Lions had released eight players, including Dale Steyn but the team’s core group largely remained intact.They have also made concerted investments in their bowling department by signing experienced IPL campaigners like Munaf Patel and Manpreet Gony, apart from hiring fresh recruits in Nathu Singh and Basil Thampi, the fast bowler from Kerala who has a reputation of hitting 140 kph.Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, are one of those teams which cricket fans always root for — be it for Sourav Ganguly or for its owner Shah Rukh Khan.For the Knight Riders, revenge would be high on their mind when they take the field against the Lions tomorrow.The Kolkata outfit boost of the seasoned opening pair of captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, who lay a solid foundation.In Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey and Chris Lynn, the Knight Riders have batsmen known to intimidate the opponent. And in Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav, they have attacking lower-middle-order.But the real strength lies in their spin arsenal, consisting Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and mystery man Sunil Narine.With Umesh Yadav given much-needed rest for the first two games, the Knight Riders pace attack will be spearheaded by Trent Boult in the company of Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile. But they would definitely miss the services of all-rounder Andre Russell, who is serving one-year ban for violating anti-doping whereabouts regulations.Despite ending on the winning side on both occasions last season, Lions coach Brad Hodge is wary of Kolkata’s potential. “Kolkata Knight Riders is a very dangerous side having players like Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey… all are very good players. They have got skillful bowlers in Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav,” Hodge said. “I’m sure Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to bounce back.”Teams:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chriss Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajput, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Brandon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Akshadeep Nath, Ishan Kishan, Manpreet Gony, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Jason Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Tejas Baroka, Shubham Agarwal, Shelly Shaurya, Andrew Tye and James Faulkner. COMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL Published on cricket IPL 2017 File photo of a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. April 06, 2017last_img read more

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Premier League made big mistake by closing transfer window early: Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgThe Premier League has made a big mistake in closing the transfer window before its European counterparts, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.England’s top flight clubs can no longer sign new players after the deadline expired on Thursday, but those in Italy, Spain, Germany and France can still strengthen their squads.Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Toby Alderweireld both have only a year left on their contracts and Eriksen in particular is on the radar of Real Madrid.Should a sizeable offer come in before the La Liga window closes, the influential Dane could depart, leaving Pochettino with a hole in his squad that cannot be filled until January.”I’m more than happy with my squad after we close the window in England,” Pochettino, whose sixth season in charge begins on Saturday at home to Aston Villa, told reporters.”But of course we are at a disadvantage to the European clubs, because they have 20 days more to operate and that’s a big mistake by the Premier League to allow that.”At one time it was good because you are going to start the season (knowing your squad), but we have opened the door to clubs in Europe to try to create confusion in your squad.”I think after two seasons operating in this way I think the Premier League should think if Europe doesn’t change we must go back to operate in the same way that they operate.”Pochettino said the matter is especially relevant for English clubs competing in the Champions League and Europa League.advertisement”The Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs,” the Argentine said. “It’s different if you are not competing with them in Europe. But if you’re competing with the European clubs I think they have made a big mistake.”NEW CONTRACTTransfer windows in Spain, Germany and France close on September 2, with Italy closing theirs on Aug. 18.One player who will not be going anywhere is Brazilian Lucas Moura, who has signed a new contract until 2024. Moura, who joined in January 2018, was Tottenham’s most recent signing until this close season when the club returned to the market ahead of the new campaign.Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele signed from French club Lyon for 55 million pounds ($66 million) in July. Ryan Sessegnon joined on Thursday from Fulham for 25 million and Giovani Lo Celso arrived on loan from Real Betis the same day.With Tottenham also starting the campaign in their new 62,000-seat stadium, there is optimism that the club, who finished fourth last year and reached the Champions League final, can try to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.”In every single season our opponents were adding quality and of course for us, in the last three seasons when we didn’t invest too much, so to add new faces always motivates and adds spark to our team,” Pochettino said.”It creates excitement in the club, in the fans. We will start the season in the new stadium so there are a lot of positives. But we have to be ready for another exciting season.”Also Read | Premier League Transfers: The 6 biggest signings by clubs this summerAlso Read | Brazil judge ends investigation in Neymar rape caseAlso See:last_img read more

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NFL Rookie of the Year

first_imgNFL: Cleveland Browns-Training Camp Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe NFL offensive rookie of the year odds are out and pretty much what you would expect…[table id=1/]Where do I parlay all my money against Blackmon and Broyles winning this thing? And is there any possible way one of the QBs won’t win it?The last 10 winners look like this:2002 – Clinton Portis2003 – Anquan Boldin2004 – Ben Roethlisberger2005 – Cadillac Williams2006 – Vince Young2007 – Adrian Peterson2008 – Matt Ryan2009 – Percy Harvin2010 – Sam Bradford2011 – Cam Newton5 QB3 RB2 WRNot a resounding case for the wideouts, especially when you consider that Harvin’s competition in ’09 was Michael Oher and nobody else even got voted for in ’03 when Boldin won it.Also, if we get many more tweets like this then Blackmon should start worrying about staying in the league, not winning awards…Mike Mularkey said Justin Blackmon is way behind. I asked if MJD was. He said he’d have problems in third-down protections.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) July 31, 2012And does this sound like a formula for a player of the year of any sort?Practice ends with runs so. Gabbert ends with 1 completion last 12. Passing snaps.— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) July 30, 2012I’m a little surprised Weeden’s odds are so low, I figured he’d be more in the 12/1 or 15/1 range but I think 8/1 is more like it. He has a real chance to go out and be spectacular.I know this is going to be a watershed moment but if I didn’t take Weeden (and I would, duh) I’d probably take Bob because I think his squad is more stout than Luck’s and if he stays healthy you know he’s going to get hyped.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Three Things We Can Learn About OSU From Win Predictor Percentage

first_imgI broke this down a bit for the Iowa State game, but I think the Win Predictor for ESPN is a underutilized tool that deserves a double-take for the season so far.We are now three quarters of the way through the football season and I would say the success of the team in the minds of most fans falls somewhere between “most terrible nightmare” and “beyond wildest dreams” which, while not ideal, is not the worst place to be.While being fairly consistent performance-wise this Cowboys team has given us more than our fair share of ups and downs (I’m of course speaking in terms of both emotion and blood pressure).I talked in the earlier article about how fandom tends to live in this instantaneous reality where each game or drive or down is the highest or lowest moment we could ever comprehend but in reality life is much more consistent. This is superbly easy to see in this Win Probability chart and so I figured I could help us navigate our way through the three final and most treacherous games by looking back and taking three main lessons from earlier in the season.Let’s get to it and may all our cardiologists have slightly less business this year through the benefits of just a bit of perspective!The Three LessonsMason Rudolph has become one of the most clutch quarterbacks in OSU history.You can see the “chameleon offense” of OSU through these charts.Oklahoma State is a real contender for the Big 12 title.So obviously the Pokes struggled at end of game situations through the first few games, but around the Baylor/Texas games it seems like a switch flipped in Mason’s brain and he is a closing machine now.Pay special attention to the last 25 percent of each chart and you can see the improvement that is driven by QB1. You can also see the way Oklahoma State plays offense differently in each game as far as setting up slow drives in games like Baylor and WVU.This also gives us a decent potential gameplan for success against our last three teams. Other than Baylor which was pretty close to 50 percent through the game, OSU has been favored pretty heavily throughout the entire rest of the season. This is a good team that can play with the best of them.VS SELAscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-14-52-amSo this was pretty standard as far as wins over non-FBS schools go. Not much to look at here overall. I have no clue about that uptick at the end but I’m pretty sure OSU was up 50 at that point so safe to ignore the anomaly.VS CMUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-12-amThis is still pretty upsetting. The bottom section with the score, time, and probability. Ugh. But as we can see before the end, there were several large spikes in favor of CMU.Fourth quarter was obviously the first example of end-of-game difficulty for OkState and regardless of the way the game did *should* have ended they left the opportunity there for the Chips. Not the best look for OSU regardless.VS PITTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-24-amSo OSU played a fairly strong game here, though you can see there is another bit of trouble at the end of the game once again.This is the most sporadic of all the win probabilities so far. The line is not smooth and it seems as though the win probability system may have taken a page from the fans! The jump towards the 50 percent line near the middle of the game is Mason’s fumble in the end zone which tied the game. Not yet very clutch.The last half of the game was fairly competitively even and it took a massive heave from Rudolph to Seales to finish off this game.@ BUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-37-amWell that’s not good. Lots of green on this line. The Pokes held up early and caused Baylor a few problems throughout the game, but for the most part, the Bears seemed to dominate this game. It felt that way while watching as well.You can see some interesting line movement here throughout the game. You can see the Cowboys’ drives are more of a slow upward slope, then Baylor gets the ball and there are large drops down.We know OC Mike Yurcich tried to take it B1G style to the Bears with slow grinding drives which kept the Pokes in the game for a while, but Baylor’s quick strike offense was just too powerful and took over the game by the end.VS UTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-49-amThis is one of the Cowboy’s best Win Probability lines. This is also the first game which has shown the Pokes extending their lead near the end of the game and solidly defeating an opponent.What had been a struggle for OSU early in the season has begun to turn into an asset as we move towards the second half of the season. Up to this point they have faced tremendous pressure right to the wire and it appears the Pokes and Mason have finally found their recipe for “Clutch Mason.”VS ISUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-06-amYeesh. Remember that thing where we learned how to finish? Well, I suppose this is a scary yet good example of that. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter Iowa St. had a 92.2 percent (!!!) chance to win. Then Clutch Mason happened.Three touchdowns and a drive resulting in a field goal to finish the game and steal the victory for the Pokes. While I would have liked the Pokes to have made this easier on my heart, their close finishes in the earlier weeks paid off and Mason Rudolph had plenty of confidence to grab a win here.@ KUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-18-amThe worst Win Percentage the Pokes had in Lawrence was 80.3 percent. That seems fair. Has Bill Self ever considered coaching the football team?VS WVU (Homecoming)screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-31-amPokes were favored from the start and, though they struggled at the beginning of the game a bit, OSU clearly came out and shut this game down in the second half.Against a highly ranked West Virginia team Oklahoma State showed that they could both outplay and outlast their opponent without needing to give fans a heart attack at the finish!@ KSUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-18-11-amA crazy back and forth game in the Synder’s version of Hogwarts ended in victory for the Cowboys. Honestly I don’t know how this happened and it still doesn’t feel real.KSU got all the way up to 94.1 percent chance of winning when they punted and pinned OSU at their own 8 yard line with eight minutes left and a nine-point deficit. But again, Clutch Mason. Wow.We’ve discussed if Mason is elite, and we have (and will probably again) talk about records he can break at OSU, but holy cow this dude can ball.There is enough on Mason Rudolph second half comebacks for its own post but this is one guy who does not bat an eye no matter the pressure. We’ve also talked plenty about our confidence level in Mason and how he stacks up to other historic OSU quarterbacks with the ball in his hands and the game on the line.There have been times when his short-intermediate passes have worried me, but gosh, seeing his composure there’s no one I’d rather have back in that pistol with the game on the line than No. 2.Looking ForwardSo what does all this tell us about the rest of the season? We play Tech in Stillwater, at TCU, and at Mordor Norman. Three tough games with three teams that can put up some points.If you quickly scroll through the win percentages so far this year, OSU has improved dramatically in 4th quarter and end-of-game situations. Gundy recently said his goal for the last four games is to be close in the fourth quarter and I fully agree with that idea at this point in the season.Mahomes, Hill, and Mayfield are all good QBs, but when it comes down to it, I have faith that Clutch Mason can pull off a win in just about any situation.Now if we can just get QB1 in a courtroom with some MAC officials to get us one more win…..If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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‘Alexis a luxury Arsenal cannot afford’

first_imgArsenal ‘Alexis a luxury Arsenal cannot afford’ – Wright questions Chilean’s role in big games Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 00:18 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Bournemouth Getty Arsenal A. Sánchez Premier League The former Gunners striker remains a big fan of the forward, but feels Arsene Wenger’s side may be better equipped to handle tough tests without him Alexis Sanchez could be considered “a luxury you cannot afford” when Arsenal play big games, says Ian Wright.The Chilean forward is a star turn at Emirates Stadium and reached the 30-goal mark for the Gunners last season for the first time in his career.Arsenal 7/2 to beat WBA with over 4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His relationship with the club has become rather strained since then, with the decision not to commit to fresh terms seeing him push for a move elsewhere over the summer.Arsenal have taken to starting him on the bench in Premier League fixtures since deadline day, with Wright of the opinion that a 0-0 draw with reigning champions Chelsea on Sunday, which also saw Mesut Ozil miss out through injury, proves that Arsene Wenger’s side can compete with the best when removing their game-changers from the side.“Everyone knows how highly I rate Sanchez and I’d like to see him play as much as possible before moving on,” the former Gunners striker told The Sun.“But you do wonder if he is a luxury you cannot afford in games like the ones against Liverpool and Chelsea.“And I’m not just saying this because of their goalless draw at the Bridge – I’ve thought this way for a while.Ian Wright Alexis Sanchez Arsenal luxury“Sanchez will get you wonder goals, like he did against Cologne in the Europa League, but he does lose the ball a lot when he cuts inside.“And that can spell real trouble. You can get away with it against most teams and, like I said, the good far outweighs the bad stuff with Sanchez.”He added: “It’s a pity Danny Welbeck suffered what looks another bad injury because him and Alexandre Lacazette were starting to build a good understanding.“But if Arsenal play with the same guts, character and belief that we saw against Chelsea, maybe the future is not as bleak as we feared.”Sanchez missed out on a move to Manchester City over the summer, with a £60 million offer on the table as the deadline passed.He has entered the final 12 months of his current contract so unless he agrees to an extension or is offloaded during the January window, the 28-year-old will walk away as a free agent in 2018.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

first_imgShare on Messenger It was, though, 3-0 just before the break. Suárez was sent away into the left side of the penalty area. The Uruguay forward held off the defender David López and somehow, from the tightest of angles, stabbed the ball between the legs of the goalkeeper and in off the far post.Espanyol went looking for a lifeline at the start of the second half, but Barcelona remained dangerous on the break. Dembélé was sent clear before feeding Messi in a crowded Espanyol penalty area and his shot was blocked by Diego López.On 65 minutes, Messi made Espanyol pay again for another needless foul which gave away a free-kick 25 yards out, to the left of centre. The Argentina forward dispatched another brilliant left-foot effort over the wall and into the top corner.Barcelona were caught out at the back in the 74th minute when Duarte stabbed the ball in at close range from a free-kick. However, following a lengthy review from the VAR, the goal was ruled out for a marginal offside. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp The Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, whose side host Tottenham in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday night, had warned of a “trial by fire” in the buildup to the derby fixture and things could have been different had Borja Iglesias not shot wide early on. But after 17 minutes another moment of brilliance from Messi broke the deadlock. The Espanyol defender Óscar Duarte fouled the Barcelona playmaker 25 yards out in a central position. Messi got up to send the resulting free-kick over the wall and into the top-right corner. The goalkeeper Diego López saved from Suárez, who had been given the all-clear to play following a knee problem, as Barcelona looked to swiftly double their lead.In a rare moment of action in the Barcelona penalty area, Victor Sánchez’s header dropped wide of the far post. It was 2-0 on 26 minutes when Messi picked out Dembélé in the Espanyol penalty area and the France international cut back inside to curl the ball past López.Espanyol looked for a way back into the match as Duarte’s downward header at the far post was blocked by Marc-André ter Stegen. Suárez struck a post before Ivan Rakitic saw his point-blank header saved, with Messi’s header from the rebound coming back off the other upright. David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOOOOAL! | Lionel Messi never ceases to amaze. 🤯Absolute postage stamp! 📬 pic.twitter.com/g101uImnJDDecember 8, 2018 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook La Liga Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | He’s done it again! 🤯Lionel Messi has scored another free-kick, he is not human. 👽 pic.twitter.com/JZxyI6CCXJDecember 8, 2018center_img Reuse this content Topics Barcelona Jadon Sancho settles derby with Schalke as Dortmund move nine points clear Share on Twitter Share via Email match reports Read more European club football Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of La Liga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Following Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at Valencia in which the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, racing to a 3-0 lead by half-time.Messi opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before Ousmane Dembélé doubled the lead on 26 minutes and Luis Suárez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time. The Barcelona captain, who finished only fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, curled in another superb dead-ball strike on 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and team performance. Espanyollast_img read more

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Mass lobbying effort launched to convince Goodale to remove mention of Sikh

first_imgOTTAWA — A Canadian group advocating for an independent Sikh state in India says the federal government has put all Sikh Canadians in jeopardy by listing Sikh extremism as one of five major terrorist threats in this country.Sikhs for Justice is launching a mass mailing campaign to MPs through to the fall federal election that demands the Liberals rescind all mentions of Sikh terror groups in the 2018 report on threats in Canada.There are half a million Canadians who identify as Sikh living a number of ridings, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area and suburban Vancouver, where the issue could play a role in the election results.Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the legal adviser to Sikhs for Justice, says the government has no evidence and can cite no incidents of Sikh extremism in Canada other than the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight.In a letter sent this week to Public Safety Minister Goodale and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pannun says the mention of Sikh extremism in the report coupled with the lack of government support for the right to push for a free Khalistan, sends the message the government thinks Khalistanis are terrorists.Goodale said last year his department would review the language used in the report to ensure it wasn’t equating entire religions with extremism.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Binay Tamang vows to revive shut tea gardens

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, former chairman of the Gokhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and candidate for the forthcoming Assembly by-election from the Darjeeling constituency, has assured tobring relief to the tea garden workers by resolving various issues ailing the tea gardens in the Hills. “Out of the 87 tea gardens in the Hills around five are closed. With the relentless efforts of the Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union and the intervention of the GTA we managed to reopen the Risheehat Tea Estate that had been closed for 13 days. The Kanchen View Tea Estate will also open from April 29,” said Tamang, who is at present on the campaign trail. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIncidentally, a cease-work strike has been declared by the management at the Kanchen View Tea Estate located in Darjeeling town. Tamang further stated that after the Model Code of Conduct is lifted a Sri Lankan Tea Company will visit the closed gardens. The company has shown interest to run these closed gardens. “If things work out the no objection certificate will be provided to them to run the gardens. If it does not, we can have workers cooperatives to run these closed gardens. The matter has already been discussed with the state government. Things look very positive,” Tamang said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRegarding special relief for the tea garden workers who had not received wages during the 105-day bandh in 2017 in the Darjeeling Hills in the grip of political strife, Tamang stated that that a proposal had been given and the Bengal Government’s response is positive. “During the bandh, workers had missed out on wages for 73 days. A report had been prepared and sent to the state government. Altogether Rs. 108 crore is required to pay all the workers for the bandh period. Even if not the full 73 days, we want the government and the GTA to disburse a special relief for at least 50 to 60 days. It will be a big help for the workers and their families. The state is very positive about it,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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Spanish Police to Target Arabs as part of new Antiterror Measures

Rabat – As part of new anti-terror measures following the terrorist attacks in France last week, the Spanish Police was instructed to pay special attention to people of Arab origin who are carrying large sums of money or cameras outside of tourist areas.According to Spanish daily 20minutos, the Spanish National Police has sent a series of recommendations to police officers to check passports of “Arab-looking” people to ascertain whether they have been to “hot” countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.The officers have also been instructed to pay special attention to Arabs carrying more than €1,000 due to fears they could be acting as couriers. Arabs strolling around in Spanish cities using video cameras away from tourist areas could also be stopped and checked by the Spanish Police.“The police will pay attention to people of Arab origins who are doing video recordings in non-tourist places, especially near critical infrastructure such as ports, airports, railway transportation, electrical and nuclear power plants and commercial areas,” according to the Spanish newspaper.In addition, the new measures require officers to carry out identity checks on Arabs in vehicles working with laptops.The Spanish Police have also been told to pay special attention to Algerian nationals.The series of recommendations have been issued to two police headquarters in Andalusia, but will soon be operational in other areas with significant Muslim and Arab populations, including Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia, Ceuta and Melilla.Police officers have also been told to avoid any kind of racist or xenophobic comments when approaching Arabs. read more

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Strong market means little uptake yet in govt softwood aid minister says

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says forest producers in Canada have so far been largely unharmed by the duties the United States imposed on Canadian softwood imports earlier this year.Carr said the consensus at a meeting of federal and provincial forestry ministers Friday was the financial hurt thus far is “not significant.”Canadian producers have paid an estimated $500 million in countervailing and antidumping duties since the end of April but those costs are offset by historically high market prices for wood coupled with a low Canadian dollar and ever-increasing demand.In fact, the main people feeling the pinch are American consumers who are paying up to 20 per cent more for housing materials thanks to the duties.Initially it was felt big Canadian companies would be able to withstand the hit but smaller producers would be forced to lay people off or even close up entirely.That isn’t happening thus far, said Carr, saying the best evidence of that is the fact that uptake on federal loans and loan guarantees to help producers weather the duties has been limited — only about $30 million has been disbursed out of $605 million made available.“We have reached out, literally thousands of letters have gone out from the (Export Development Corp.) to the industry,” said Carr. “There is a lot of interest in understanding what might be available, but to this point there has been, I would say, not a significant number of transactions because there hasn’t been significant demand.”In all, Carr announced $867 million in softwood aid in June including funds to help workers share jobs to prevent layoffs or transition to new positions. An official with Employment and Social Development Canada said Friday it had received only two applications for funds for job sharing.Information is not available for any of the other programs being offered.Carr wouldn’t speculate on whether the fact Canadian producers aren’t suffering much at this point will have any impact on the ongoing negotiations to get a settlement agreement with the Americans. The last agreement expired in 2015, and after a year’s grace period the U.S. Lumber Coalition once again applied for penalties against Canada, accusing it of subsidizing its industry.Canada rejects the claim and intends to fight it in front of international trade bodies but is also working to reach a new negotiated settlement. A deal was close to being signed in the summer but the coalition rejected it over elements related to the quota for Canadian wood.Susan Yurkovich, president of the Council of Forest Industries, told The Canadian Press Friday she thinks there might be pressure mounting on the coalition to accept a deal.First, it is being noted, including by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, that demand for softwood will skyrocket thanks to the two massive hurricanes which hit Texas and Florida in the last month, wood that will cost more as long as the duties are in place.Yurkovich also said at a meeting of the U.S. International Trade Commission this week, U.S. producers were being forced to acknowledge they are making more money than ever, and it may be difficult — though not impossible — for the commission to make a final finding of injury if the industry is clearly not hurting.She said if the commission doesn’t find any evidence of harm there will be no duties and that would be worse for the coalition than accepting a softwood deal with Canada, because it would mean no quotas or tariffs at all on Canadian imports.-follow @mrabson on Twitter. read more

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UN rights officials tell Security Council international police are required in Sudan

High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and the Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Juan Méndez briefed the Council on their mission last week to Darfur, where they found the population of more than 1.45 million IDPs are living in “prisons without walls.”After the briefing, Mrs. Arbour and Mr. Méndez told reporters that the only way to overcome the IDPs’ lack of trust that the police will protect them – especially if they venture out of the camps for wood and food or try to return home – is to include international police officers.”I think a mere increase in their number [the Sudanese police] is unlikely to restore the lack of faith and actually overcome the sense of insecurity and fear that is prevalent in IDP camps,” Mrs. Arbour said.”In some camps, the number of police officers is clearly insufficient: say five police officers just outside a camp of 50,000 IDPs. But it’s pretty clear that even when the Sudanese police presence has been considerably increased, it still has virtually no interaction with the camp community and people have no confidence [in them].”The number of IDPs in Darfur has been swelling since last year, when Janjaweed militias began attacking villagers after two rebel groups took up arms against the Sudanese Government. More than 200,000 refugees have also fled to neighbouring Chad.Mrs. Arbour and Mr. Méndez called for an expansion of the size and mandate of the force of African Union (AU) ceasefire monitors, saying they have shown an impressive dedication to their work given their limited resources and numbers.Mrs. Arbour indicated there were reports that whenever an international delegation toured IDP camps, security forces would later enter the camps and try to question anyone who spoke to the foreign visitors.But the IDPs “expressed their faith and total dependence on the international community for protection – this is where they think their security lies.”She said the UN would not support the Government’s policy of encouraging IDPs to return to their home villages until they felt assured the process would be both safe and voluntary.”People can barely step outside the perimeter of their camps to collect firewood without a very realistic fear of being attacked…and raped on many occasions.”While emphasizing it was not his task to determine whether genocide has occurred in Darfur, Mr. Méndez said the international community must be vigilant in the weeks and months ahead.”In my mind the vulnerability of certain ethnic groups in Darfur is such, and the instability of the situation generally, that we have not turned the corner on preventing genocide from happening in the future or even in the near future,” he said.The UN is in the process of setting up a commission of inquiry to consider whether genocide has happened after the Security Council called for such a commission in its most recent resolution on Darfur.Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail was scheduled to address the 15-member Council this afternoon on the Darfur crisis. read more

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Parents complain about tablet ban as they worry about how to occupy

first_img@nytimes god help all those parents with young children and their plane-mates too. #ipad is saving grace traveling with kids. https://t.co/NRp9gIDlst— Katie (@greenkate) March 21, 2017 Matt cartoon Parents have taken to social media to complain about how difficult it will be to occupy their children on flights after it was announced laptops, tablets and other large electronics will be banned in the cabin on flights from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.Giving a child a tablet is usually a sure-fire way to stop them from complaining or getting restless, but now parents will have to find other ways to occupy them on flights from those countries due to a new al-Qaeda terrorist threat.More than two million passengers a year flying on airlines including British Airways, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Easyjet will be prevented from taking devices larger than a mobile phone into the cabin.One social media user wrote: “Making kids sit through a 14 hour flight with no screens to distract is a form of terrorism.” They shld put Trump in a plane full of kids without ipads kindle laptops etc for 12 hrs let’s see what he’s gonna do pic.twitter.com/fipN4oyHqQ— Abi ® (@AbiBb9) March 21, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Making kids sit through a 14 hour flight with no screens to distract is a form of terrorism.— Emily of the State (@EmilyGorcenski) March 21, 2017 @KamahlAJE that’s a bit of an understatement… all those kids on the plane without iPads! pic.twitter.com/8yt8icB1gd— Hamad Al-Amari (@hamadalamari) March 21, 2017 The Government introduced the ban after a similar move by the US, where officials revealed “evaluated intelligence” showed that terrorists are “aggressively pursuing innovative measures” to carry out attacks with devices such as laptop bombs. In case the flight over with a child with autism wasn’t difficult enough, now the US has taken away our use of his tablet on the flight back— Jessi Frenzel (@jessifrenzel) March 21, 2017 what if tablets are the only thing that shut their kids up on a plane? Asking for a friend https://t.co/EM36cJe5u9— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) March 21, 2017 Theresa May’s official spokesman admitted that the restrictions will cause “disruption”, but said that they are necessary for the safety of passengers.The spokesman said: “Safety of the travelling public is our highest priority. That is why we keep aviation security under constant review and put in place measures that are necessary, effective and proportionate.“Over the last few weeks, the PM has chaired a number of meetings on aviation security, most recently this morning, where it was agreed new measures will be introduced.”last_img read more

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Families put at risk because NHS is refusing to test for deadly

first_imgFor the report contacted 531 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer between February and April this year. More than 1,000 members of the public were also interviewed about their knowledge of ovarian cancer and BRCA. NHS England said it did not carry out any evaluation of the implementation of commissioning policy. “Sadly many women aren’t even aware the test exists, so if their doctor does not send them, they won’t even know it’s available.“It’s not just the cost to women with cancer, but also their families. Most women are only picked up in the later stages of ovarian cancer, and many women are diagnosed in A&E because the symptoms are so vague, so anything that can help pick up the disease early is beneficial.“Lack of screening is not just a small, minor thing. Missing out on it could be fatal.”Some NHS trusts including those in Newcastle, Manchester and Lancashire are also limiting testing to under 60s even though all under 70s should be offered screening.Around 15 per cent of cases of ovarian cancer are linked to BRCA gene mutations. In the general population up to one in 400 carry a mutation, but most have no idea they are at higher risk of cancer.People with Dutch, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish origin  have a much greater risk, as do Ashkenazi jews. People with the genetic variant have a 50 per cent chance of passing it onto their children. The survey showed that 29 per cent of women were not offered a gene test at all, which means more than 2,000 women and their families are being put at risk each year. Some NHS trusts were stopping women over 60 having the test.Women claimed GPs were often dismissive when they asked for BRCA testing even though they had a family history of ovarian or breast cancer. Of the women who went private after being denied testing on the NHS, 100 per cent were found to have a mutation.Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive of Ovarian Cancer Action said BRCA testing is ‘one of the strongest weapons’ against ovarian cancer but said NHS trusts were still restricting screening, which could be devastating for families who found out about their risk too late.“There are still many eligible women not being offered a BRCA test when they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” she said. “Individuals with significant family history are also struggling to be referred for testing.“The NHS is still missing the opportunity to use BRCA testing as an effective cancer prevention strategy, and women are dying as a result. No one eligible should slip through the net or be denied testing.” The gene mutation also raises the risk for menCredit:Phanie / Alamy Stock Photo Rosie Lapsley, 67, a retired pharmacist from Baldock, Hertfordshire and her family are an example of how missed screening can ruin lives. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1960 and a maternal aunt of ovarian cancer some years later. Rosie Lapsley and her daughter Louise Wright  Women and their families are being put at risk from cancer and denied lifesaving treatment because NHS trusts are refusing to test for the ‘Jolie Gene’, a new report shows.Since 2015, trusts were supposed to screen all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer for BRCA gene mutations, which were highlighted when the actress Angelina Jolie revealed she carried the variant, leading her to opt for a precautionary mastectomy and hysterectomy.But a report by Ovarian Cancer Action found nearly one in three women are not offered the test, which means they are not eligible for the most effective medication, PARP inhibitors.It also means their family members are being left in the dark about their own risk.Up to 60 per cent of women who carry a BRCA1 mutation will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, compared to just two per cent of the general population, and up to 90 per cent will develop breast cancer. Jolie’s own mother died of ovarian cancer aged just 56. But despite a clear family link, neither she nor her family were tested for BRCA until last year.“In January 2016 my younger sister was diagnosed with Stage 3-4 fallopian tube cancer was advised to have genetic testing,” she said. “This confirmed she had a BRCA1 mutation and so we as her siblings were offered testing.“I was tested in July 2016 and was also found to have the mutation. By this time my other sister had also been found to have fallopian tube cancer. In October 2016 the histology of my ovaries showed I had stage 1c aggressive ovarian cancer. Thankfully although my treatment was not pleasant I have recovered well.“Sadly this was not the end of the story. My children were offered genetic testing Thankfully my son, who has two young daughters did not have the mutation, but my daughter did. An MRI revealed a small but aggressive breast cancer. The treatment nearly cost her her life.”The risk is not limited to women. Men who carry the BRCA2 mutation have double the risk of developing prostate cancer. However the report showed that eight in 10 men had never heard of a BRCA gene even though they could easily pass it on to their children. If women know they have the mutation they can take preventative measures, as Jolie did, or have regular health checks.Marie-Claire Platt, Head of operations and campaigns at Ovarian Cancer Action said: “It’s very disappointing and concerning that despite guidelines women are still not being offered genetic testing. Rosie Lapsley and her daughter Louise Wright  The gene mutation also raises the risk for men Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Barcelona stopped by Ciudad Championstitle delayed

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Draw Next Story → Milestone for Jurack, 300 games for the national team! Barcelona has finally suffered the first league defeat in ASOBAL league. They have been defeated away at Ciudad Real with 30-27, with outstanding performance from Sterbik and Hombrados for the home side. The game started quite equal, with the first notable advantage for the home team 12-9, and up to the maximum 22-17. In the end they had to satisfy themself with 3 goals victory, with Kiril Lazarov and Alberto Entrerios also showing good performance for the home team.This means that the promotion of Barcelona as champions will be delayed, and also marks a continuation of a very good run of Ciudad at their home Quijote arena, the last defeat to occur exactly at the hands of Barcelona in 2004. read more

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Explainer The key motions to keep an eye on at the 2013

first_imgTHE LIST OF motions to be debated at this year’s GAA Congress have been released.Delegates at the Congress, which takes place in Derry on March 22nd and 23rd, will deal with a wide range of issues.There are 73 motions in all on the agenda with some of them particularly eye-catching.Using the score detection system Hawkeye, making GAA stadia available for the Rugby World Cup and the introduction of the mark are some of the proposals that are on the table.Here we examine the key and interesting motions to keep an eye on. Motion 66 – Waterford club Clashmore-Kinsalebeg want players not to be deemed ineligible for championship action in  a club grade if they feature as a substitute in one group game of a championship in a higher grade which is organised on a league basis.Motion 68 – Wicklow club Bray Emmett’s want senior inter-county players to be unavailable for club championship games for a maximum of 20 days before All-Ireland finals and a maximum of 7 days for all other championship games at senior level and all championship games at minor and U21 level.Motions 69 and 70 – Wexford’s St Anne’s are seeking to ensure that All-Ireland football champions are not allowed feature in round 1 of the qualifier series for the following three years if they fail to reach the provincial semi-final stages in any of those seasons. The same scenario will apply to the All-Ireland champions in phase 1 of the hurling qualifier series. Essentially it seeks to remove the second chance available for All-Ireland champions that bow out of their provincial championships at an early stage.Motion 71 – Cork clubs Nemo Rangers and St Nicholas both want the scheduling of the All-Ireland finals to be changed with the football decider to be fixed for the second Sunday in September with the hurling final played two weeks previous. It is hoped this change will alleviate fixture congestion at club level.Chatting with Kilkenny: Dubs star on the AFL, hurling and his love of GAAHoran makes five changes for Mayo’s clash with the Dubs Motion 24 – Ladies football is already well accustomed to the use of a hooter being used to signal the end of a game. Could the men’s equivalent be about to follow suit? This motion looks to introduce a public time clock in Croke Park and all grounds used for provincial and All-Ireland championship games. The clock will be stopped during the game for certain stoppages in play.Motion 25 – Adult club football games could become 70 minute affairs (as opposed to the current duration of 60 minutes) like adult inter-county games.Motion 26 – Match bans have been introduced at inter-county senior level and if this motion is passed, it would see suspensions carry over to the following year if that is when the teams next game occurs.Motion 27 – Sponsors emblazoned on jerseys are now a common sight and this motion could pave the way for additional branding on other areas of inter-county jerseys to be permitted.Motion 49 – Fed up with counties delaying the announcement of teams on the week of championship games? In future teams are to be provided to the Director-General for issue to the media by 12 noon four days prior to the game. Counties that fail to do will be fined €500 but it’s a moot point as to whether the passing of this motion would halt the practice of dummy teams being named.Motion 52 – The long-awaited debut of Hawkeye in the GAA could be imminent. Delegates will vote to rubberstamp the introduction of the score detection system but it will only be in operation in Croke Park.Motion 54 – This motion proposes that the Anti-Sectarian/Anti-Racist rule will now read as follows:“The Association is Anti-Sectarian and Anti-Racist and committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity at all levels. Any conduct by deed, word or gesture of sectarian or racist nature or which is contrary to the principles of inclusion and diversity against a player, official, spectator or anyone else, in the course of activities organised by the Association, shall be deemed to have discredited the Association.”Motion 60 – Tipperary club Loughmore-Castleiney are seeking for hurlers, in all grades, to remove their helmets during the playing of the National Anthem. The mark could reward high fielders like Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonancenter_img Motion 1 – There is a detailed proposal to reduce the number of teams in the Liam McCarthy Cup from 15 to 13 over a two-year period, starting in 2014. The five ‘developing’ counties (Antrim, Carlow, Westmeath, Laois and London) must prove they are good enough to participate in the new streamlined competition from 2016 onwards.There will be no more automatic promotion or relegation with the principle of ‘winning your way up’ being adopted. Essentially the Christy Ring Cup winners will have to defeat the lowest-placed team in the Liam McCarthy Cup. Similar changes will be brought in for the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups.Motion 3 – Central Council is seeking to have the power to authorise the use of Croke Park and other stadia for games in the 2023 or 2027 Rugby World Cup’s, if either of these tournaments are staged in Ireland.Motion 12 – The new ‘black card’ rule which is part of the GAA’s efforts to clamp down on cynical play has been well-documented. If a player is issued with three black cards he is subsequently banned for his side’s next game but previous plans to make an All-Ireland final exempt from that ruling, have now been shelved.Motion 17 – Players holding onto the ball after committing a foul, rather than handing it back to their opponent to take the free that has been awarded, is one of the most frustrating parts of Gaelic football. There are now plans to see the free moved 30m upfield to the the opponents 13m line if that happens.Motion 20 – The virtues of the mark have been widely debated in Gaelic football. It could now become a reality if this motion is passed with a mark to be awarded if the ball is caught cleanly by a player from a kickout on or past the 45m line. Could the Cork hurlers have to start removing their helmets for the National Anthem?Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan last_img read more

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Wallace admits gardaí used discretion when caught on phone while driving

first_imgMICK WALLACE HAS called for an investigation into how the justice minister found out confidential information about him.It comes after Alan Shatter alleged that Wallace was cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but did not receive any penalty points at the discretion of the gardaí.Speaking on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ this morning, Wallace said at first he “genuinely could not recall the incident and actually thought he [Shatter] made it up”.However, following some more thought and a prompt from a journalist, Wallace remembered a day last year when he was stopped at traffic lamps at the ‘Five Lamps’ on the North Circular Road in Dublin. The deputy said he was talking on the phone and two gardaí in a patrol car pulled up beside him.The Wexford TD said he knew he was in the wrong and “rolled down the window” to speak with them:“I held up my hands and they said it was ‘ OK’ and we made small talk and the lights turned green and we pulled off.”Minister Alan Shatter made the allegations about Deputy Mick Wallace on RTÉ’s Prime Time show. (Image: RTÉ Player)He admitted that the gardaí exercised discretion in his case but was adamant that he wasn’t stopped and he did not receive a warning – like the minister for justice had implied.“Does he have a record on other politicians? Did he go looking for the information or did the gardaí officially give it to him? How did that incident – when I wasn’t even stopped or I wasn’t even warned – be on the record?” asked Wallace. “If you think that’s the way a minister should behave? I don’t.”He added that he would be filing a complaint to the Standards in Public Office Commission but he wouldn’t be calling on Minister Shatter to resign.The deputy also said he was never against discretion being used by the gardaí but called for a paper trail and more monitoring in those circumstances. He admitted that his previous call for people who received discretion to appear in court would clog up the courts system.Read: Taoiseach backs Shatter in penalty points row with Wallace>Poll: Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments?last_img read more

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Varicelle une maman et son bébé débarqués dun avion vers Lyon

first_imgVaricelle : une maman et son bébé débarqués d’un avion vers LyonSi Louise, 9 mois, ne se souviendra pas forcément de la mésaventure qu’elle a connue, le 13 août dernier, sa maman, elle, n’est pas prête de l’oublier. Comme le rapporte le quotidien Le Progrès, la mère et sa fille ont été débarquées d’un vol au départ d’Ajaccio et en direction de Lyon parce que l’enfant était atteinte de varicelle. L’épidémie de varicelle qui a touché la France au début de l’été a laissé des traces… et pas seulement sur la peau de ceux qui se seraient trop grattés. Pas la voix de sa fille, Sarah Poggionovo a raconté sur son compte Facebook le débarquement forcé d’un avion de la compagnie EasyJet qu’elles ont dû subir, il y a 10 jours. Abandonnées sur le tarmac à 22 heures « Je m’appelle Louise, j’ai 9 mois et hier un stewart #EasyJet m’a laissée sur le tarmac à 22h00 », ainsi commence le texte posté sur le réseau social par Sarah Poggionovo qui s’exprime au nom de son nourrisson. Mais qu’a-t-il bien pu se passer ce 13 août pour qu’une maman et sa fille soient forcées de se retrouver seules à l’aéroport d’Ajaccio  à une heure avancée ?    D’après le récit que fait la jeune femme, la famille composée des parents et de leurs deux fillettes de 2 ans et 9 mois s’apprête à quitter Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud) pour rentrer à Lyon, où ils vivent. Elle a passé sans encombre le comptoir d’enregistrement de la compagnie britannique à bas-prix, les contrôles de police et patienté « dans un aéroport bondé de monde ». C’est seulement ne fois le quatuor installé dans l’avion qu’il s’est vu signifier qu’il fallait redescendre. Un steward fait remarquer les boutons de Louise à sa mère. Cette dernière confirme que sa fillette est effectivement atteinte de la varicelle. « Mon enfantn’était pas contagieuse, les boutons avaient fait des croûtes, ce qui signifie que le virus n’était plus actif “, a-t-elle affirmé au Progrès. Le membre du personnel navigant n’entend pas les arguments de Sarah et lui intime de quitter l’avion avec son nourrisson. Seuls le papa, qui reprenait le travail le lendemain, et l’aînée resteront à bord et s’envoleront pour Lyon.Sur présentation d’un certificat médical  Choquée par cette décision, Sarah se retrouve à 22 heures sur le tarmac de l’aéroport avec sa petite Louise. “Il faisait nuit, il n’y avait presque plus personne, et je me retrouve seule avec ma fille et mes grosses valises. Là, j’ai pleuré toutes les larmes de mon corps”, a-t-elle confié au quotidien régional.  Aucune proposition de logement ni de transport ne leur a été proposé. Elles s’envoleront finalement le 15 août, deux jours plus tard,  pour Lyon mais sur une autre compagnie. EasyJet a choisi de répondre directement àSarah Poggionovo en passant par son compte Facebook. Après avoir présenté ses excuses « pour cet incident », la compagnie a renvoyé la maman vers les conditions médicales générales concernant ses passagers. Il y est stipulé qu’en cas de varicelle, il est possible de prendre un de leurs vols « 7 jours après l’apparition du dernier bouton ». À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La compagnie au logo orange propose  aussi à la maman l’arrangement suivant : « Si un certificat médical stipulait que 7 jours étaient passés après l’apparition du dernier bouton au jour du vol, alors notre passagère peut nous transmettre ce certificat pour obtenir le remboursement du vol et une indemnité compensatoire ». C’est certainement ce qu’envisage de faire la maman de la petite Louise qui « écrit » : « avoir eu très peur ». Le 24 août 2018 à 14:49 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham make World Cup bet

first_imgWhen Sweden and England face off today, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham will have an extra incentive to cheer for their homelands.Betting on World Cup games is something many people enjoy, but when celebrities do it, they take it to a new level.Case and point, this:The terms of the deal have been set ? #SWEENG pic.twitter.com/9bJ3D5nHWv— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 6, 2018Zlatan and Becks are both world superstars currently doing business in the United States. That doesn’t mean they’re not passionately watching the 2018 World Cup and cheering on their native Sweden and England. As destiny would have it, those teams play each other today for a place in the semi-finals.No stranger to provocations and pokes, Ibrahimovic offered to buy Beckham dinner if England wins, but wants a paid trip to Ikea in case Sweden ends up on top. Beckham didn’t back down. Instead, he upped the ante by offering to buy anything Ibrahimovic wants if Sweden wins. However, if the opposite occurs, Ibra would have to come to an England game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and eating fish and chips.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…LA Galaxy’s main attraction likes what Sweden has done so far (Independent.ie):“They have a big chance to win the World Cup. They beat Mexico (in the group stage) which was good. They made a big statement and by winning against the Swiss,” He also thinks controlling emotions is key in such a high-stakes game:“Now, it’s not only about how good you are, but there are a lot of emotions in the game. It’s a quarterfinal, and a lot of emotions come into the game. Whoever can handle that best has an advantage.and can’t wait to collect his prize:“When Sweden wins, let’s see what David Beckham tells me.”The two have known each other for quite some time. They faced off on the pitch many times over the years and also played together in PSG. This is nothing more than a friendly bet, and a fun one as well.last_img read more

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